Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
Are diamonds really a girl's best friend? Not to knock Marilyn Monroe's famous declaration, but we think she might have been undervaluing the easy elegance of pearls. Whether they're in strand form or adorning modern accoutrements, pearls are luminous yet versatile, adding a touch of Old Hollywood elegance to every look. And there's nothing more elegant than a pearl drop earring. Perfect for the office, a night out, or even your wedding day, pearl drop earrings have earned their place as wardrobe essentials. Since we can't get enough of the pearlescent stuff, we've narrowed down some luxe add-ons that are so not your grandmother's hand-me-downs.
These dainty pearl huggies are both perfect for everyday and perfect for layering. You can even remove the pearl and wear the huggie alone for a more minimal look.
Try this weightless threaded style for a sculptural take on the pearl earring.
The ultimate gift. These timeless pearl drop earrings from Grace Lee will stand the test of time.
With two freshwater pearls on a gold chain, this pair is a subtle classic.
This gold sculpted style from Pamela Love features two vessels: one facing upright, and one pouring a stream of freshwater pearls.
This gold-tone plated pair from Lauren by Ralph Lauren is perfect for your next summer wedding.
Your new weekend go-to! This pearl-drop earring from Mejuri comes in at a great price.
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Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.
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